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Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Meeting Puts Focus on Women and Children in Disasters

Two hundred people involved in disaster response across the region are gathered in Suva for the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting where the impact of disasters on women and children has been on the agenda today. The meeting was addressed by HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan on the role of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) programs in building resilience to disaster and climate change. Continue reading

Solomon Islands is better prepared for disasters through gender awareness

Workshops on gender in emergencies are helping the country develop a better disaster risk management plan to meet the different needs of its population.When a large earthquake and tsunami struck Solomon Islands in 2007, the country was caught off guard. There were no disaster management plans to deal with the scale of the disaster. Earthquakes and tsunamis are not the only natural hazards that pose danger to its population of over half a million people scattered across the Continue reading

Pacific goes to work early on disaster risk reduction

Secretary-General Ban Ki-mooon (front, second from right); his wife, Yoo Soon-taek (left of Mr. Ban); and Amberoti Nikora (right), Minister of Environment of Kiribati; stand at the highest point on Kiribati’s Tarawa atoll, a mere 3.5 metres above sea level.   With its low-lying lands, Tarawa faces a serious threat from the rising tides caused by climate change. 05 September 2011 Tarawa, KiribatiEvery day the Pacific wakes up and goes to work ahead of the rest of the world and next week it will do the same as it kicks off a series of regional consultations that will shape the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action after 2015. The Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and the Pacific Climate Change Continue reading

UN OCHA assisting drought affected Marshall Islands

UN disaster assessment team arrives in drought-affected Marshall IslandsA United Nations disaster assessment team has arrived in the Marshall Islands to help the Government respond to a severe drought affecting its northern islands, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. Assessments are ongoing in the country, where a state of disaster was declared on 7 May, Continue reading